Are you thinking about starting a business? If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Lindsay Trottier | Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

From a young age, having my own business always appealed to me. I had one parent thriving in corporate America and another an independent contractor. Both of my parents had successful careers, however, the appeal of creating my own schedule, services and being independent appealed to me more than the other benefits of being employed. I had many ideas of what I wanted to do, but I knew that however I would shape my career I wanted to be able to support myself and my family financially, I wanted to help people, and I wanted tone intellectually stimulated. Opening my own acupuncture practice checked all the boxes and has given me more than I could have imagined. Read more>>

Alyssa Kowalski | Owner of Bubbly Vibes Pallet Painting Parties

My sister and I are both Graphic Designers and we wanted to find a way to help others channel their inner creativity. So we thought it would be a great idea to teach some kind of craft class. After going to my dentist and her seeing a wood sign that i created on my website, she said you should teach our pallet painting class that were trying to sign up for, I said done. I went straight to my sister and told her I know what were teaching, and that is how Bubbly Vibes Pallet Parties all started. Read more>>

Cally Ingebritson | Friendly Financial Coach

I don’t really want to throw shade, but let’s get an uncomfortable truth out of the way: The financial services industry is overwhelmingly pale, male, and stale. And because of that, it can be uncomfortable for many people who don’t fit into those three boring boxes to want to work with a financial planner. I’m here for the people who get overlooked by most of the financial industry. I want everyone, no matter where they come from, to feel joyful and confident about money. That’s my passion. Read more>>

Christina McCarthy | Owner | Low Maintenance Lifestyle

I started working in fashion PR back in 2011, immediately after I graduated college. I had studied public relations and print journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, so finding a job that merged my love of fashion and my major was really important to me. I started as an intern and worked my way up to a manager position at a boutique agency. During this time, I really learned the ins-and-outs of how the fashion industry worked. Read more>>

Karl Trujillo | Founder/Owner

From a young age I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up I went from wanting to be an inventor to wanting to start my own video game company to wanting to start my own supercar company to wanting to start my own restaurant. Now while these ideas are all vastly different industries, the common denominator was always that I wanted it to be my own creation. In my college years I became involved with the robust San Diego craft beer scene, and I fell in love with the idea of having my own brewery. I switched majors and went through the Business of Craft beer pr0gram at SDSU. Armed with knowledge and passion, a good family friend came to me with the idea for a healthy alcohol called hard kombucha. After reading up on all the awesome benefits of kombucha, as well as trying some for myself, I was sold. We sat down and hashed out what would soon take over the alcohol industry- our own creation of “healthy alcohol.” Read more>>

Kevan Nichols | Jewelry Cleaner

Honestly, generational wealth. Just thinking about that phrase, makes me want to work hard and go hard at whatever I do. I wanted to make sure, I had something secure to pass down to my son, and whoever his future children may be. I do music on the side and have another part time job, but having my own business was always the ultimate goal. Never really enjoyed working for someone. Lol Read more>>

Danielle Koelbl | Children’s Book Author

By the time I was in my late twenties, I had already worked for three boutique and mid-size companies. The variety associated with each structure provided a robust exposure to corporate framework. While size and structure varied, one thing was consistent; In all three roles, I had to brace myself for serious change. From relocation requests, mergers, lay-offs and restructures, the lack of control over my professional fate left me frustrated and anxious. It was during a part-part furlough period that I began to truly look inward at my five-ten year goals. What I determined was that I struggled with how to continue my career goal of becoming a corporate executive and yet introduce motherhood. Women do it seamlessly all the time but it felt like in my current structure, I’d encounter a lack of balance emotionally, physically and end up failing at both roles. Read more>>

Jesse Jakobsson | Photographer & Visual Artist

I had always wanted more creative freedom with my work. I was working for multiple companies, following the status quo, and then COVID happened. Suddenly, I was left with all the ‘free time’ I had always said I needed to start my own projects. So, I went for it. I took every minute I had to study business, tutorials and how to’s, marketing yourself and enhancing portfolio work. I studied programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom CC for endless hours. Trying to practice and practice as much as I could. About 3 months into lockdown- when it was obvious COVID had no plans of going away, I thought to myself ‘let’s just freakin’ do it’ and JMJ Art & Design was born. I shoot Fashion, Portrait and Street Photography. Read more>>